Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) being an umbrella organization for the Protestant Member Health Facilities (MHFs), UPMB is focusing on four (4) Strategic Areas. These will include:
1: Institutional Capacity Development
This strategic area focuses on the Secretariat and MHFs including Health Training Institutions (HTIs). The area addresses four key components including; Human Resources for Health, Staffing at the Secretariat, Governance and Management capacity for MHFs and UPMB Secretariat.
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2: Support to Health Service Delivery
The focus of this strategic area is to ensure patient safety and offer quality health services in the UPMB MHFs using a systems’ approach. UPMB will focus on the increasing disease burden requiring health promotion and prevention interventions at community level as well as disease management strategies within health care systems. Identified areas of emphasis include: infectious diseases (HIV & AIDS, malaria, TB), new born care (immunization, asphyxia, zinc supplements & management of diarrhoea), maternal care (FP, skilled deliveries, ANC, PNC and EmoC), NCDs (diabetes, COPD, cancers and cardiovascular diseases) and injury control and management. This selection is based on global and national disease burden patterns as well as trends on common illnesses using the HMIS records collected by UPMB MHFS over the last five years.
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3: Patient Safety and Quality Health Services
This strategic area will focus on quality within the MHFs and at the UPMB Secretariat. The MHFs component will concentrate on quality assurance for health service delivery including; adherence to standards, strengthening promotion of patient safety and provision of guidelines and functional CQI Teams. The plan for the next five years will target Health Centre IIs which constitute 72% of the total Member Health Facilities. The rationale for this focus is the low performance rating of the HCIIs in the last strategic period (2008-2013). To address these short comings, efforts in this plan period will be towards: accreditation of MHFs, focused support supervision, ensuring adherence to set standards and guidelines, strengthening health management information systems and patient safety.
Accreditation of MHFs, will involve MHF registration and review of MHFs in relation to set standards including structural (physical and organizational structures e.g. number of staff, policies, buildings and equipment) and process (service delivery).
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4: Advocacy, Research and Networking
As an initiative within the health sector, advocacy is usually designed to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. For UPMB, advocacy strategic area will focus on health financing, human resources for health, demand creation for health services in the MHFs as well as communication.
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